Publication requirements

The policy of the journal “Arctic and North”

The increasing attention to development of the Russian Arctic appears an urgent need to conduct complex research, preparation and defense of candidate's and doctoral theses, publications of research results on Arctic social and humanitarian issues. The “Arctic and North” is a Russian scientific periodical with an integrated approach to coverage of the humanitarian, economic and social spheres of life and problems of northern societies. Subject of published articles and reviews reflects both the Arctic and Northern issues, hence the name of the journal "Arctic and North" (abbreviated "AaN").

The Internet scientific journal "Arctic and North” is designed for professionals and a wide range of readers, both in Russia and abroad; it is issued both in Russian and in English (translated by the Editorial Board). The journal is published since 2011, 4 times a year. The founder of the journal — Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M. V. Lomonosov, Arkhangelsk, Russia.
The journal is focused on the results of studies, research papers, reviews, etc. joined by the Arctic or Northern theme in following areas of knowledge:

03.00.00 Biology (including ecology; bioresources);
07.00.00 Historical disciplines and archaeology;
08.00.00 Economics;
22.00.00 Sociology;
23.00.00 Political science;
24.00.00 Cultural studies;
25.00.00 Geoscience (including climatology; geography).

The journal is registered at: 1) Roskomnadzor, Certificate of the Russian Federal Service for supervision in the sphere of communications, information technology and mass media Эл No ФС77-42809, November 26, 2010; 2) The ISSN International Centre.  ISSN 2221-2698, 23-24 March 2011; 3) Scientific electronic library, Russian database Science Citation Index (SCI), license agreement No. 96-04/2011, 12.04.2011; 4) Scientific electronic library “CyberLeninka” since June 14, 2016.

The journal is included in international databases: a) EBSCO Publishing (United States) since December 2012; b) the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) since August 18, 2013 c) Global Serials Directory Ulrichsweb (United States) since October 9, 2013; d) NSD - database of higher education in Norway since February 2015; e) InfoBaseIndex (India) since May 2015; f) ERIH Plus (Norway) since September 2016; g) MIAR (Spain) since December 2016 year; h) OAJI since January 2017. All articles get a DOI via Crossref.

The “AaN” has an official site at the portal of the Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov: where you will find information about the journal and our complete archive of publications. Permanent storage of published articles, their availability is ensured by placing them at the NArFU scientific library, “Arctic-Fund” directory. All issues of the journal are free at the CyberLeninka and Elibrary web sites. The publication activity of the “AaN” is assessed by the RSCI. A hard copy of the journal is not sent to the authors.

The Editorial Board of the “AaN” is committed to the policy of openness and accessibility. Since September 2016, the journal has CC BY-SA license. 

The Editorial Board monitors the quality of publications (editorial control and double blind peer review done by the Editorial Board members and experts) and strives to develop the journal. In 2015 the journal "Arctic and North got the 1263rd place in the General SCIENCE INDEX ranking. The same year the “AaN” had the 9th place in SCIENCE INDEX, category “Comprehensive study of individual countries and regions”. Two-year impact factor at the SCIENCE INDEX is 0.734 (2015). Ten-year h-index — 5 (2015). h-index of the Editor-in-Chief — 4, publications — 56, citations — 181.

The policy of the journal "Arctic and North helps to ensure that published articles and reviews are in demand for research, PhD dissertation, state and municipal management, policy making and the development of the northern regions.

Submitting, review, and publication in the journal “Arctic and North”

Articles for the peer review should be sent via e-mail to the Executive Secretary of the journal: When submitting the article, the authors confirm that the article has not been published before and it is not going to be published in another journal.

The Editorial Board warns the authors that all manuscripts are peer reviewed and that the Editorial Board reserves the right to choose the most interesting and relevant ones to be published first. The average waiting time for a publication is 3-6 months. Theme and content of a submitted article should correspond to the theme of the journal, have a scientific novelty and be of interest to specialists.

No authors, including graduate and undergraduate students, are charged for publications; honorariums are not paid.

The Editorial Board considers the submission of the article for peer review as the transfer of rights to publish the article in the journal “Arctic and North” and place it to the databases RISC, DOAJ, OAJI, and others that promote the publication activity of the authors.

Preparation of articles

The articles should be up to 30 pages with all the applications and a list of literature and references; for undergraduate and graduate students up to 15 pages.
The text of the article should be done in MS Word (.doc or .docx, A4 format) with the following formatting:
The font — Calibri. The main text — font size 12; captions and titles for tables — font 11; footnotes — 10. Text selection of separate sentences or terms (bold or italic) is applicable.
Line spacing — 1,5.
Fields — 2 сm from each edge.
Paragraph indentation — 1,25 cm.
Text orientation — vertical, with automatic hyphenation.
No page numbers, please.
Photos, drawings, graphs, charts, tables, should be in the text of the article; please, do not send them as separate files.

Each article should include the following mandatory elements:
I.    UDC — the Universal Decimal classification code. It is placed in the upper left corner of the first page.
II.    Article title (header) in Russian and in English
III.    Photo of the author on the first page of the article.
IV.    Copyright summary (author information) in Russian and in English.
V.    Abstract in Russian and in English.
VI.    Keywords in Russian and in English.
VII.    The main article text with subheadings and conclusion.
VIII.    Literature in Russian.
IX.    References in Latin.

If the study had a grant support or it was done within a project, please, mention it and make a footnote after the title of the article.

The author's summary (info about the author) in Russian and in English should look like © name; academic degree and title, if any; position and subdivision; valid e-mail address and a phone number. A separate line specifies the name of the organization that employs the author. The photo of the author should be nearby.

Abstract. A short info about the article. It includes the primary goal of research, methods, the most important results and the scientific value of the study. Abstract size is 150-200 words. General phrases should be avoided, as well as copying sentences from the text of the article.

Keywords. Reflect the text content in terms of the subject of research methods. Use concepts from the text of the article. It is advisable to use 4-12 words (concepts and terms).
References. A list of literature is usually placed at the end of the article in Russian and Latin — References. These lists include only literature referenced in the text of the article. A list should be drawn up in order the literature is mentioned or cited in the text of the article. For example:
Douglas M., Isherwood B. The World of Goods. London: AllenLane, 1979. 63 р.
Shapin S. History of Science and its Sociological Reconstructions, History of Science No3 (20), 1982, pp. 157–211.
Links to books, articles, dissertations and other scholarly publications are given in the text in square brackets with the surname and initials of the author, and along with the pages: [1, Douglas M., Isherwood B., p. 6]; [2, Shapin S, pp. 165-166]. Each book, article, etc. is specified once in the reference list, but could be used numerous times in the text. The lack of page numbers inside the square brackets implies reference to the publication as a whole, however, we recommend that you refer to specific pages.
The list of references should be not less than 4 and no more than 50 positions; self-citations are not allowed. Lack of references is valid only for reviews on any events or publications. If the article has DOI, it should be specified in the list of literature and references.
Sources of information: legal acts, instructions, archival documents, statistical compilations, online media and other materials like that not supposed to be included in the list of references. Subscript references are made at the same pages, the numbering of all references in the text of the article is solid on the order of Arabic numerals (for example: 1, 2, 3 ... 25). Internet resources: author (if available), name of the source, the Internet address, the date it was accessed. For example:
6 Polar workers, migrants, indigenous peoples: ethno-cultural landscape in the Arctic. URL: (Accessed: 28.04.2017).

Examples can be found in the articles published in the “AaN”.

The Editorial office translates the text of the articles to English or Russian. The author may translate the article him- or herself. It may be a better variant in the case of special terminology use. You are welcome to come up with suggestions concerning the translation of a specialized vocabulary used in your article.

If the articles sent for peer review differs markedly from the requirements of the journal, it is usually returned to the author for revision, with editor’s comments. Refusal from corrections may entail denial of publication. The Editorial Board asks authors to follow the rules. If you have any questions, contact the Executive Secretary for guidance:

Reviews of the articles

All articles are peer reviewed. The reviewers are the members of the Editorial Board and experts. The list of the Editorial Board members is here.

First, the editorial office assesses whether the theme of the articles is relevant for the journal and check if the article is prepared in accordance with the requirements. If there are comments and correction is necessary, article is returned to the author(s). If no comments, the article is sent to a member of the Editorial Board or a third-party expert for a double-blind peer review (second step).

Preliminary compulsory review is carried out for all articles, except for the articles devoted to various activities, events or publications. The journal uses a double blind peer review, when the reviewer and the author do not know the names of each other. The anonymity of the author helps to avoid bias; the reviewer's anonymity allows making a frank and honest evaluation of the article.

Reviewers answer the standard questions. After the analysis, the reviewer concludes whether the article could be published or not; also the reviewer gives comments on reworking the article.

The Editorial Board notifies authors about  the results of the peer review, sends a copy of a review list to the author(s) and helps to correct the article (in case of editor’s comments and suggestions). In case of refusal, the author gets a motivated rejection letter.

Reviews are stored in the archives of the journal “Arctic and North” for 5 years. The editors send copies of the reviews to the Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation, if the Editorial Board gets a corresponding request.

Declaration on ethics of the “Arctic and North” journal

Compliance with generally accepted ethical rules and standards is mandatory for all actors involved in the publication of articles: authors, reviewers, the Editorial Board, the Executive Secretary, and the Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Arctic and North”.

1.    Responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief, editors and members of the Editorial Board
1.1. The Editor in Chief, the Executive Secretary and members of the Editorial Board of the journal “Arctic and North” assess the submitted articles for their intellectual content, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, citizenship, social status and political views of the author.
1.2. The Editorial Board of the “Arctic and North” accepts the articles that represent the results of scientific research, relevant to the theme of the journal. In case of detection of a previously published article that largely repeats the article submitted for peer review, the Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to refuse to publish such an article.
1.3. Editor-in-Chief of the “Arctic and North” is responsible for the final decision on which article should be published. This decision is made on the basis of the validation of the article and its estimated interest for the readers of the journal. When making decisions on publications, the editor-in-chief is guided by the following legal requirements: the prevention of defamation, copyright protection and impermissibility of plagiarism The Editor-in-chief should consult the Executive Secretary, editors, the Editorial Board members and reviewers before making any decisions.
1.4. The Editor-in-Chief and other employees of the journal must not disclose information about submitted articles to someone else, except the author, reviewers, members of the Editorial Board of the journal “Arctic and North”.
1.5. The information contained in the submitted articles shall not be used by the Editor-in-Chief, the Executive Secretary, editors and the Editorial Board members without the written permission of the author. Confidential information or ideas received must be kept secret and must not be used for any personal gain by the employees of the journal.
1.6. The Editorial Board of the “Arctic and North” may require information about competing interests and publish a correction or a retraction, if conflict of interest exposes after publication. Quick actions are always taken in case of ethic complaints regarding submitted or published articles.
1.7. The Editor-in-Chief and other employees of the journal should not impose on authors the citation of articles published in the journal “Arctic and North” with a view to improve the scientometric indicators of the journal.

2.    Responsibilities of the authors
2.1. Authors retain all copyrights, as well as the responsibility for the correctness of the information provided. The authors are responsible for the content of the article. The articles should reflect the results of research and the authors should provide real facts and reliable information. Fraudulent or inaccurate statements that are examples of unethical behavior are unacceptable. The research results represented in the articles should meet the verification criterion and be possible to be checked by other scholars. All methods of data processing, as well as the logic behind their interpretation should be absolutely transparent.
2.2. Authors are responsible for plagiarism. In the case of borrowing the materials, texts or ideas from other scholars, a reference shall be included. The presence of borrowing(s) without a reference will be considered as plagiarism. Unauthorized borrowing and reproduction of any parts of  published texts (parts of text, pictures, tables, models, primary data and etc.) without references is absolutely unacceptable. Plagiarism in all its forms is a manifestation of unethical behavior.
2.3. Information received in private correspondence, conversation or debate with third parties, may be used with written permission from the source of such information.
2.4. Sending an article to the editor means that the authors confirms that the article is not peer reviewed by another journal, and it was not published previously.
2.5. Co-authorship should be limited to those individuals who made a significant contribution to the concept, interpretation of the data and the research itself. If any person involved in the research project, he or she should be praised or his or her name should be included in the list of co-authors. Corresponding author should ensure that all the co-authors are mentioned in the list of authors as well as all authors of the article approved its content before the submission to the journal.
2.6. If the author(s) find(s) any mistakes in the published text of the article, it is better to inform the Editorial Board immediately so it will be possible to make all necessary corrections faster.  If a third party informs the Editorial Board about significant errors in the article, the author(s) should send the correct variant of the article or prove that the provided data is correct. 
2.7. Authors are responsible for information about the sources of finding for the project presented in the article, as well as for specifying persons that contributed to the research.
2.8. The author(s) should take into account the human right to privacy.

3. Responsibilities of the reviewers and members of the Editorial Board
3.1. The reviewers and the members of the Editorial Board should be objective when evaluating the article. The article assessment criteria are: relevance, novelty and scientific importance. Reviewers have a right to comment on the level, quality, clarity of submitted articles, its conformity to the title. Any decisions based on any personal preferences of the reviewer are not allowed. In the case of the conflict of interest between the reviewer and the author, the reviewer is obliged to notify the Editorial Board and refuse to review the article.
3.2. Reviewers and the Editorial Board members hold scientific expertise of the articles within the deadlines established by the editors of the journal “Arctic and North”, but not more than one month. If the reviewer is not able to finish the expertise within the specified period, he or she should inform the Editorial Board as soon as possible.
3.3. Reviewers, members of the Editorial Board should not disclose the information about reviewed articles. Each manuscript should be treated as a confidential document. It should not be shown or discussed with others except those authorized by the Editor-in-Chief.
3.4. Reviewers and members of the Editorial Board do not have a right to use and distribute the information they got access to in the course of the review. Articles sent for a review, may only be used for the reviews.
3.5. Confidential information or ideas received should be kept secret and should not be used for personal gain by the employees of the journal.
3.6. A reviewer, a member of the Editorial Board should resign, if there is a conflict of interests resulting from a competition, cooperation or other relationship with any of the authors, organizations, institutions, relevant to the article.
3.7. The journal “Arctic and North” has a double blind peer reviews in order to improve the quality of the articles published. The author and the reviewer have no information about each other. The list of the Editorial Board members is public; it is published in the journal and could be found on the journal website.
3.8. Any statement, data, arguments, conclusions or recommendations that have already been published, should be accompanied by a corresponding reference. If the author(s) do not have a reference to any published text, the reviewer should note this fact. The reviewer should also draw the attention of the Chief Editor of the results of the antiplagiat system check.

4. Conflict of interests
4.1. In order to avoid potential ethics violations, one must reveal the conflict of interests of all the parties involved in the publication of the article. A conflict of interests arises when an author, an editor, a reviewer or a member of the Editorial Board have financial, scientific or personal relationships, which may affect their actions.
4.2. The author is obliged to indicate a place of work and the source of funding for the research project in order to prevent a conflict of interests.
4.3. A reviewer, a member of the Editorial Board should inform the Editor-in-Chief about a conflict of interests (dual commitments, competing interests, etc.) and resign from reviewing in accordance with the ethical standards of the journal.
4.4. The Editor-in-Chief, the Executive Secretary of the journal “Arctic and North” are obliged to pass the article to another  reviewer in case of the conflict of interests between the author and the reviewer; they also should ensure the publication of the amendments, if information on conflict of interest was received after the publication of an article.

Editor-in-Chief of the “Arctic and North” journal:

Elena V. Kudryashova, PhD, Professor, Rector of the Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov.

May 30, 2017
Updated 14.09.2017